Best online casino for most U.S. players: Bovada

If you're in DE, NJ, PA, or WV, online casinos are legal in your state, and you should play at a casino licensed there.

If you're in any other U.S. state, your best bet is Bovada, not because they're good, but because everything else is even worse.  I'm reminded of the Simpsons episode where the RV salesman is telling Homer, "Simpson, you're never gonna own a finer RV.  And I don't mean that in a good way, I mean this is IT for you!"

THE GOOD ABOUT BOVADA

  1. Play the practice games without having to register an account.  Other casinos force you to register so they can market to you.  Bovada is the only U.S.-wide casino I know of that lets you play right away with no registration.  (If you see a registration box, you can cancel it and continue to the game.)  Blackjack?  One click and you're in.  And the games play right in your browser, so you don't have to download any special software.
  2. Consistent payouts.  Online gambling is mostly unregulated and if a casino refuses to pay your winnings you have little recourse.  But Bovada has always had a good reputation for paying out properly.

THE BAD ABOUT BOVADA

  1. Not licensed.  Because online gambling in most states isn't explicitly legal, no legitimate authority will license a U.S.-wide casino.  That means if you have a dispute, you have no recourse.
  2. Customer service is pretty pathetic.
  3. Phantom bets in live dealer games.  While I was watching (not playing) a live roulette game to record spin data for an article, Bovada claimed that I made two losing bets ($45 and $15) that I didn't actually make.  I complained about this, but they insisted I made those bets.  So, you probably want to steer clear of the live dealer games.

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Gambling problem?

  1. Call the 800-522-4700 hotline or get online help
  2. See these horror stories.
  3. Know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling.

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Gambling problem?

  1. Call the 800-522-4700 hotline or get online help
  2. See these horror stories.
  3. Know that Parkinson's drugs encourage gambling.

Las Vegas casino lawsuit settlements

Last update:  October 2020.

Casinos get sued a lot, and often they settle, because going to trial risks losing even more, not to mention paying legal fees.  I'm starting this page to document some recent cases.  It's a work in progress.

Mandalay Bay (shooting) • Oct. 4, 2019

Mandalay Bay was the site of the worst mass-shooting in American history on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman busted out the window of his hotel room and fired on outdoor concert-goers, killing 61 and injuring hundreds.  Survivors and family of the dead sued Mandalay Bay, claiming that the hotel should have done more to prevent the shooting.

It's a curious argument.  Obviously staff and security had no idea that one of their guests was bringing weapons to his room or how he planned to use them.  This kind of incident had never happened before in human history so it's kind of hard to argue that it's something that staff should have known to look out for.  Had they noticed the gunman bringing several cases to his room, what were they supposed to do, ask to see the contents?  If the gunman had refused, did they have any authority to demand that he show them?  Without any idea what was in the cases that they couldn't see, should they have kicked their paying hotel guest out of his room?

Nevertheless, Mandalay Bay settled for $800M, probably because of a combination of their insurance company picking up $750M of the tab, and the facts that fighting a gazillion lawsuits would be likewise expensive and keep Mandalay Bay in the news in a bad way.


Practice gambling with play money

Before you throw down your hard-earned cash in a casino, PRACTICE FIRST!  Learn the games with play money where it doesn't cost you anything if you lose.  Seriously.

You can play Bovada's games (below) right away without registering for an account.  Most every other online casino makes you give up your email address just to play the fake-money games — ugh.  That's the mean reason Bovada is the only online casino that gets advertising space on my site.  I hope other casinos will eventually start treating their visitors like human beings rather than walking wallets, but until they do, there's Bovada.  One click and you're in.

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